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Israeli Negotiator: Mideast Peace Talks in 'Crisis'

Israel's chief negotiator and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, State Department, Washington, D.C., July 30, 2013.Israel's chief negotiator and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, State Department, Washington, D.C., July 30, 2013.
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Israel's chief negotiator and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, State Department, Washington, D.C., July 30, 2013.
Israel's chief negotiator and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, State Department, Washington, D.C., July 30, 2013.
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Israel's chief negotiator in peace talks with the Palestinians says the talks are in "crisis," but need to continue.

Tzipi Livni told Israel's Channel 2 TV Saturday that the situation is "very complicated" and "a real crisis." But she said she believes talks should continue and advocated for direct negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Livni's comments come just one day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the Obama administration is reevaluating its role in the Middle East peace process, following moves by Israel and the Palestinians that have caused the U.S.-brokered talks to collapse.

Kerry said Friday there is a limit to the amount of time and effort the U.S. can invest if both sides are unwilling to take "constructive steps" for peace.

The talks veered off course when Israel did not release a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners on time. The Palestinian leadership then signed application letters seeking accession to more than a dozen international conventions -- which it had promised not to do during talks. And Israel responded by canceling the prisoner release altogether.

Kerry said both sides have made "regrettable" moves in recent days that have endangered the talks.

But sources close to the process said late Friday there will likely be another round of negotiations on Sunday involving U.S., Israeli and Palestinian negotiators.

Secretary Kerry has spent the past few weeks trying to keep the talks going, with the initial nine-month period that Israel and the Palestinians agreed to last year nearing an end.

Some information for this report comes from AP and Reuters.

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
April 07, 2014 2:23 PM
It is just as well. The so-called peace deal lacks every sense of direction for success. Perhaps it is not what Obama and Kerry want that the parties in question want also. Direct negotiation, that is what it means, not brokering of negotiation and insisting on terms not acceptable to a particular party just so that it be seen that you are a foster. It doesn't work that way. Everybody knows who owns the land, just as everybody knows who is the aggressor, the stray man here. But we want to make a deal to displease one party and please another at the expense of Israel surrounded by hostility.

Trying to force Israel to accept this peace negotiations is no less than Ahmadinejad's Iran's denial of the holocaust. Agreeing to Israel giving up its land to gipsies and itinerant nomads now settling down because they want to sacrifice Israel to their jihad is the peak of injustice by USA, EU, NATO and everyone agreeing to its establishment naming the place the land of Palestine. It's just as well that it has failed. What's next? We want to see USA handing off Israel - if that is what will please Obama and his anti-Christ elements in USA and Europe. Seems Israel is even suffering much because of its aligning with USA in the first place. I remember Daniel in the lions' den; I remember Meshack, Shedrack and Abednego in the furnace of fire. If the same God who did those miracles will not save Israel today, so let it be. But the land is the land of Israel - even the koran recognizes it - and nothing is about to change that, not even USA and Europe's hidden agenda.


by: ali baba from: new york
April 06, 2014 5:55 AM
there is no hope that peace talk will achieved any results. for 66 years the conflict is existed, several presidents want to achieve any positive results and they are failed to achieve any results. Mr. .Kerry do not dream with white Christmas. Lawyers are smart as they thought .

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